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11  crocheted bowls using upcycled t-shirt yarn in Crochet: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 31, 2016 06:12:41 AM
So I tried making a couple of rugs, which was fun, but I thought it would also be fun to try to turn them into bowls - here are my first two attempts:

Side view:

And a patriotic one:

Without flash:

With remotes for scale:

I put some wire through the top of them so that they would hold their shape better - what do you think?
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12  Crochet rug using repurposed tshirts! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 19, 2016 05:24:29 PM
So - here is my first attempt - totally just winged it, and it's a bit wavy - probably needed to go slower with the increases. Lesson learned for next time! Fun, though, and with a huge crochet needle, it goes really fast!

Here is an in-progress shot with the cat doing quality control . . .

and a shot where you can actually see the rug!

I have a tutorial for this kind of rug now, but if anyone has experience and advice, I'd love to hear it!  Grin
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13  Project bags in Dr. Who and Skully Fabric! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: March 18, 2016 02:00:48 PM
Ok - so I have recently taken up crocheting, and found that I was in need of a project bag that would allow my yarn to pull through easily without allowing the whole ball to come out at once.

I saw this project http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=444593.0 and thought it would be cool to make them. BUT - then I thought that if I wanted to take the yarn out and put it somewhere else or use the bag for another project, I really couldn't without unrolling the whole ball of yarn.

So I thought about making a gap at the end of a zippered bag - that way the yarn wouldn't catch in the zipper, but you could open the bag and take the whole project out if you needed to!

Here is the first one I made - it's too small, really, but I love the fabric!

The space for the yarn:

With a WIP:

And the inside:

And here is the skully one!

The inside of this is a fabric I made on Spoonflower using a zendoodle I had done:

So - what do you think? have you seen something like this before? I haven't done a search or anything, so I'd be curious. I can't imagine I came up with something totally new, but I like how they came out!

Thanks for looking!
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14  More Gift Card Holder Zip Pouches - Batiks and other fabrics in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: March 10, 2016 02:29:22 PM
I've been busy making these little zip pouches lately - they are quick and easy and (I think) come out really cute!

Batiks and a marbelized fabric:

Dots, Ocean and BATMAN!

More batiks:

Thanks for looking!
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15  Small zipper pouches for holding gift cards! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: March 05, 2016 06:37:37 PM
Hi all!

My aunt gave me a great idea - to make small zipper pouches that can be used as gift card holders! So far, I have made them out of party hat fabric (for any celebratory occasion) and thank you fabric. I have a ton of others in the works, though, since people like all sorts of different things . . .

So here are the party hats:

And the thank you ones:

And a group shot for fun:

I am going to use a couple for my kids' teachers at the end of the year - I am giving gift cards, but I like to give something handmade as well!

Thanks for looking!
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16  Re: Easter Egg Change Purses! Now with more pictures! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: February 26, 2016 07:57:45 AM
So - here are the various eggs that I have come up with!

Hippitty-Hoppitty!  Cheesy
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17  Political Statement Zipper Pouches in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: February 11, 2016 02:46:10 PM
So - with the presidential campaigns all revved up, I thought it would be appropriate to make some politically-themed zipper pouches!




Old-fashioned voter buttons:

Pick a side, and show your colors!!   Grin
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18  New Cross Body Bag for my Aunt's Friend in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: February 04, 2016 06:02:45 PM
Just finished a new bag for my Aunt's friend - I love batik fabrics and have a lot of them - this one on the inside of this purse is so bright and happy! Smiley

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19  Easter Egg Change Purses! Now with more pictures! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: February 01, 2016 02:44:42 PM
Hi all!

So - in thinking ahead, I decided to try making something Easter-related. My bunny-head change purse was a big FAIL (though it could make a cute little stuffy, I suppose . . .)

Here is the second though - Easter Eggs!  

My children told me that it looks like a) a strawberry and b) a carrot. ( Roll Eyes Nevermind that the color is not right for either!)

So I was thinking of either eliminating the tab for a keyring, or at least moving it off to the side so that it's not in the "stem" position.

What do you guys think?? I'd love some constructive criticism!
Thanks! Grin
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20  Steampunk Doctor's Bag Purse for my niece's birthday! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 27, 2016 01:57:20 PM
So my oldest niece turned 18 on the 24th (yay!) and she wanted a steampunk purse as a present from me. I asked her to send me a picture of something she liked, and this is what she sent:

I started by trying to find a metal purse closure, but couldn't find one similar, so got this:

Then I couldn't figure out how to make the bag shape while using the handle . . . THEN the wondrous queenofdiy gave me some links to the right hardware and THIS wonderful pattern for a doctor's bag (which was what that bag my niece liked is actually called) http://swoonpatterns.com/?s=nora&submit=Search
I highly recommend the pattern - there are lots of pieces, lots steps and it's a bit fiddly to put together, but if you follow the directions, it's not TOO hard, and it comes out great! (If I do say so myself. . .  Roll Eyes  )

So I wound up making this for my niece - she told me what fabrics she liked out of several links to various fabric websites that I sent her. (The keys and gears fabric came from equilter, the black pleather came from Joann's)
Here it is:


Close up of pocket with gears and a key sewn on


A key I attached to the zipper

And I decided to make a small change purse to go with it:

inside (with my hand for size reference - it's tiny!)

Sorry this is so long and picture overload, but it was quite the project and I am very happy with how it came out!  Grin
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